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Freezer stored on its side

I know you are not supposed to store a freezer on its side, but it happened. Of course now the freezer will not freeze. Is there any solution?

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  • russ63 Nov 13, 2007

    Thank you and... I was afraid of that. I have had the freezer upright for much longer than 48 hours. The fan and compressor are in fact both running. I know that oil from the compressor can get into the wrong places if it has been on it's side for very long and it was on it's side for over a week. Looks like I'll be freezer shopping.

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There is always a solution, some are just more expensive than others.
First you need to figure out if the problem has to do with the refrigerant system or something else.
You want to verify the compressor is running. You can tell this by listening to it or placing your hand on it.
Make sure the fan inside the freezer is running. It is common for the fan motor to stick when not in use due to moisture in the cabinet. You can usually get it started with your finger and it will be ok after it runs a while.
If the fan and compressor are running but it won't get cold, you probably have oil in the lines from it being on it's side.
Turn the freezer off and let it sit for a minimum of 48 hrs.
If it won't cool after that, you will have to have a refrigeration tech out to check the system. You can probably buy a new freezer as cheap as having the system repaired.
Post back and let me know what you find out.

Posted on Nov 13, 2007

  • Michael  Lindley
    Michael Lindley Nov 13, 2007

    If you ever have to put a freezer or fridge on it's side again, look at the lines coming from the compressor. If both of them are on the same side of the compressor, lay the unit over so that they are sticking up. If they come off each side, lay it so that the discharge line is up. It is usually the smaller of the two.

    Sorry I couldn't be of more help.

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